Local News

  • Drowing victim’s death confirmed

    From staff reports

    Officials confirmed last week that a Rockwood man who nearly drowned near Oakdale, did in fact die on Monday, June 26.

    Carl Douglas Ooten had been swimming with friends Sunday, June 25, when he disappeared below the water’s surface.

    Witnesses said it took about 10 minutes to locate Ooten underwater, and they began trying to revive him until the Morgan County EMS arrived on the scene.

  • Tennesseans who made ultimate sacrifice listed on replica wall

    The Tennessee Vietnam Memorial Wall visited Rockwood’s Wal-Mart over the weekend.

    The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203 out of Chattanooga brought the traveling wall to Rockwood.

    The wall is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    It lists the names of 1,291 Tennesseans that died in the Vietnam War from 1961-73.

    “It’s made just like the one in Washington, D.C,” said Charlie Hobbs, Vietnam Veterans of America National Membership Chair.

  • Hydrilla found in Kingston waters

    One of the most troublesome invasive plant species has been spotted for the first time in Kingston, according to TVA.

    Hydrilla, an invasive weed known to be extremely difficult to control, has never before been discovered north of Thief Neck Island in Watts Bar Lake, according to Brett Hartis, director of TVA’s aquatic plant management.

    Hartis said he found a fragment of hydrilla under the Interstate 40 bridge in Kingston earlier this week while surveying the lake.

    Hydrilla can travel hundreds of miles attached to boats and trailers and survive.

  • Gas tax goes into effect Saturday

    The state’s gas tax hike goes into effect on Saturday. That means a 4-cent increase per gallon on gasoline and a 4-cent increase per gallon on diesel.

    The additional revenue generated by the increase is supposed to help pay for 962 state road and bridge projects and provide additional revenue to counties and cities for local projects.

    Roane County, for example, is expected to receive nearly $10 million over the next 15 years. Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the money could start showing up in the local coffers soon.

  • Suspect may have been hit by train

    A train may have struck a pedestrian who was involved in a domestic disturbance earlier in the evening of Monday, June 26.

    Harriman police responded around 10:30 p.m. and found Kenneth May, 49, Oliver Springs, in a ditch in the area north of the Margrave Bridge construction, complaining he’d been struck by the train.

    Norfolk Southern had advised to central dispatch that a man had been “playing chicken” and may have been hit.


    Kingston will be turning up the music this Fourth of July with a powerful lineup of name brand rock ‘n’ roll, blues and rockabilly bands performing at the “Smokin’ the Water” festival.


  • Margrave Bridge Work
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  • Trio indicted on sex-crime charges

    Activity on social media resulted in trouble for a registered sex offender.

    Gary Wayne Pierce was indicted last week for nine sexual offender registration violations.

  • Meeting canceled for lack of interest?

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry planned to ask questions about the proposed 2017-18 budget during a work session last Thursday.

    He didn’t get the chance because the work session didn’t take place.

    “I guess I misunderstood,” Berry said.